Doing Life Off-beat!
Living life adventurous and spontaneous!
We did the 3 hour drive from Houston to Waco Texas to visit the Magnolia Market and Garden and see the A M A Z I N G shop of Chip and Jo Gaines from the TV series FIXER-UPPER. I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of these two beautiful people. They are the most adorable couple ever! Joanne (Jo-Jo) is so clever in re-designing and decorating homes, her creative juices is admirable. So, why do I enjoy their show so much? They create new beginnings and happy endings! But what stands out to me is the way Chip (demo-man) adores his wifie! He believes in her and this gives JoJo wings to soar!! I call it LOVE in action! Thus this turns this TV show into a non-stop Romantic movie! And Yes, I am a poignant romantic!
Some details in visiting Chip and Joanne’s Market and Garden:
It is only a 3 hour drive from Houston to Waco.
Car Rental: We rent a car from National Cars situated in the lobby of the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Galleria Houston. The Monday was public holiday – they were closed the Sunday and Monday. Because of their limited shop hours, we had to hire the car from Saturday afternoon till Monday late night. The cost was $197 US (including the GPS hire), I thought it was expensive. It was a new, comfortable car (4 seat) and great on the road.
Recommendation: Do your homework to get the best car rental available and be aware of public holidays and shop hours.
Accommodation: We stayed the night in the Hilton, perfect location, on the river and close to the Magnolia Silos and on-route the free shuttle to the Silos. Other hotels close to the Silos: Courtyard Waco, Hotel Indigo, Super 8 Waco, Comfort Suites Near Baylor University, Residence Inn by Marriott.
Book on Trivago, Hotels.com or booking.com.
Recommendation: Book the night before you leave for Waco for last minute deals.
Visiting the Magnolia Market:
They are closed on Sundays. Operation hours: Monday – Saturday 9am to 6pm
Busiest time is around midday. We arrived 10am, no queues for the Market (shop) but the Bakery had a line of at least 50 people and people were still queuing when we left at 12pm.
Grab a bite @ the Silos
Eating at the Silos is fun! Plenty of choices from American to Asian to Southern.
Find the food truck options on Magnoliamarket.com
Go early or later to enjoy peaceful shopping.
Secret: The famous cupcakes sold in the bakery are also for sale @ Airstream, one of the food trucks in the garden.
During summer and spring, Texas heats up fast – bring plenty of water and stay hydrated!
Parking: Park outside Spice village (Franklin Ave) and catch the free Silo district Shuttle.
Shuttle every 15-20min Monday – Saturday from 9am to 6:30pm
Find the shuttle details on http://www.waco-texas.com/transit/silo-trolley.asp
In my opinion, prices were reasonable, even inexpensive! The biggest hurdle is the size and weight of these beautiful items!
Calvert: Little town 45min drive before Waco. It has these colourful historical looking brick buildings and yes you have guessed right, many shops and all selling antiques! Close the main road in Calvert and you have a movie set for a good old Western. Do you see the picture? There was around 10 antique stores and two stood out, Under the chandelier and Hatters. I bought an antique butter-making machine complete with a wooden paddle. Happy me!
Waco: We discover this amazing website detailing all the fabulous stores in Waco:
We only visited 3 shops from this list, I cannot wait to go back and explore more!
As the blog suggest, do you homework to see the store hours of the shops you want to visit, This is Texas and all the stores are closed on Sunday and surprisingly enough, most stores are only open from Thursday to Saturday.
Best day to visit Waco? Saturdays!
Dinner options: We asked the Concierge for some great local restaurants where we can have the Texan Brisket and Ribs and all her suggestions were spot on!
1. Rudy’s BBQ: 2510 Circle Road: Brisket, Ribs, sides served up cafeteria style
2. Coaches xXx Smoke: 330 Austin Ave: Brisket, BBQ, draft beer and burgers
We dined at Coaches xXx Smoke and they did not disappoint! The ribs were to die for! I had the 2 options meat and 2 sides plus draft beer for $20 tip inclusive. We had the delightful Madi Merrit serving us. Just want to say, the Texan people are the kindest people on planet earth!
3. Hent Miller Steakhouse: 2805 W Loop 340: Popular for BBQ and Steak
4. Twisted Root Burger: 801 S 2end street: gourmet beef turkey and vegan burgers. The concierge raved about this place! She said it had an ambience and the food is just fantastic! Locals love this place!
After dinner Options:
1. Heritage Creamery: only Waco owned ice cream shop: 1125 S 8th St – delicious!
2. Common ground: next to Heritage Creamery and their coffees were really good!.
3. Dichotomy coffee: ½ coffee and ½ bar: 508 Austin Ave and open till 11pm
That’s all folks!